COFAS is funded by the Colorado Division of Behavioral Health.
We know that women who risk-drink, especially women who binge drink and drank heavily throughout the pregnancy, have been giving birth to alcohol-exposed children with a diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. We also know from the research that early screening and intervention can decrease the incidence of an FASD diagnosis (Alaska, 2010). Research also shows that many health care providers lack the necessary skills and level of comfort to provide this needed screening.
COFAS has identified measurable outcomes from its training of health and human service providers, designed to help them develop the skills to provide early intervention and head off possible FASD. Each training’s pre- and post-test was captures outcomes from the trained provider’s increased knowledge of screening tools, ability to identify the at-risk drinker as well as the alcohol-exposed individual, and how to refer these individuals for further assessment and/or treatment.
The new Colorado FASD “Train-the-Trainer Partnership to Prevent FASD” will have outcomes that are linked to trainers expanding FASD prevention within a community, including:
Short term outcomes
- Increased knowledge of alcohol consumption and negative impacts (i.e., FASD) among high-risk women of childbearing age
- Increased knowledge of diagnostic methods and screening tools
- Increased knowledge of the provider’s role and opportunities for early intervention and/or prevention
- Increased knowledge of referral assistance and support and appropriate referral base within community
- Increased community FASD prevention within all five AHEC regions
Intermediate term outcomes
- Increased use of diagnostic methods and screening tools
- Increased skill in identification, referral and brief intervention
- Improved attitudes by providers toward high-risk women actively participating in brief intervention
- Improved practice of engagement with high-risk women of childbearing age
- Improved FASD prevention in each of the five AHEC regions
Long term outcomes
- Improved overall care of alcohol-using/abusing women
- Increased prevention of future deterioration of alcohol-affected child